Kate cuts her hair for cancer: Duchess donates seven inches of locks to children’s charity
THE DUCHESS of Cambridge has come up with a very personal way to support a child cancer charity – by donating her hair to make wigs for young patients. When her hairdresser Joey Wheeler cut off seven inches from her usual length, Kate asked an aide to collect the locks and send them to a charity, thought to be the Little Princess Trust
The Herefordshire-based organisation has realistic wigs made for children who have lost their own hair through chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.
The idea came to Kate as her hair was cut at Kensington Palace by Joey, 30, who works for Richard Ward Hair in Chelsea.
A royal source said: “Four months ago Joey persuaded her it was time to take off some of her hair; he said it was just getting too long.
“While Joey was snipping away the idea came to her of doing some good with it rather than throwing it away.
“It was sent using someone else’s name, so that the trust didn’t know it was from a royal source – they just thought it was from a female donor in the Kensington area.”
Kate is not the first high-profile figure to have donated hair to the Trust.
In 2016 singer Harry Styles cut off his ponytail and sent it to the charity.
The source added: “It’s lovely to think somewhere a little girl is happily wearing a wig made from a real princess’s hair. It’s a very heartwarming thing for Kate to have done, and very thoughtful to use hair that would have otherwise just been thrown away.”
The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, a pupil at Hereford Cathedral Junior School, who died aged five from a cancerous tumour, despite chemotherapy treatment.
The charity said: “Losing her hair was traumatic for Hannah but finding high quality wigs for children was difficult and only after a long search was a firm found which made a wig for her.
She enjoyed wearing her wig, particularly on special occasions.
“After Hannah died, her parents, Wendy and Simon, set up a charity providing free children’s wigs.”
Since then it has helped thousands of children, working with professional wig makers who use donated human hair.
It also now funds research into minimising the effects that chemotherapy can have on children.
Hannah’s mother, Wendy Tarplee-Morris, says: “We have given away 5,500 real hair wigs to sick children which is astonishing. We’ve also been able to fund research into finding causes and cures for paediatric cancer and research on less toxic treatments.”
PATRONS of the charity include Olympic gold medal cyclist Joanna RowsellShand, ballet dancer Jennie Harrington, former SAS sergeant turned-author Chris Ryan and jockey Richard Johnson.
A spokeswoman for the Little Princess charity said it was usual for donations of hair to be sent accompanied by a note containing the donor’s details, although it did accept anonymous donations.
She added: “We are not aware of having any donation made by the Duchess of Cambridge, but if she had sent us some hair, she may have decided to make it anonymously, understandably after the attention given to the donation made by Harry Styles.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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